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Altus Teen Catches Burglar in Home

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ALTUS, Okla_ An Altus teen comes home from celebrating his birthday to a burglar in the act.

It happened early Sunday morning near south Navajoe and Ridgecrest. Jeff Geiken said when he came home around 5:30 AM to check up on his dogs, he discovered his back door was kicked in. That's when he stumbled upon a man burglarizing his home. He said the suspect took off before police arrived.

Jeff said the burglar apparently had no problems getting through his door.

"He busted right through it," Jeff said. "It's completely split in half all the way down."

Jeff said when he stumbled upon the scene, his first instinct was to protect himself. He said he immediately ran for his sister and her husband's bedroom. They were out of town.

"So, I go and try to get their pistol," Jeff said. "I couldn't find it, so the guy must have taken it, because all their drawers were all looked through."

Jeff said when he left their bedroom, he came face-to-face with his intruder.

"I wanted to get out of the house," Jeff said. "I didn't want to get hurt or anything."

Instead, Jeff and the suspect stared at each other for a moment.

"He seemed like he didn't know I was here, and that's why he took off so fast," Jeff said.

He said the suspect ran out of the house the same way he came in. He said he jumped a fence, heading east. He said the whole ordeal has left him shaken.

"It just makes me not want to be here by myself, or if they go on vacation, go with them," Jeff said. "I just don't want to be here by myself if they are not here. It just feels unsafe when I'm here by myself."

Jeff said he was able to inspect the house once police arrived. Other than the gun being stolen, he said the suspect ran off with an unknown amount of cash, Xbox 360 console, games and personal items of his sister and brother-in-law's.

Altus police have not said if they have made any arrests. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male about 6' 5". He has a full beard and was wearing all black.       

If you have any information on this incident, call Altus Crimestoppers at 482-TIPS.

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